The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging

March 12, 2001

At the start of the last century, the average life span was just 45 years. Today the average for women is 79 and for men 72. What brought about this change? Can we expect even greater gains in human longevity? Today on Focus, we'll talk with researchers S. Jay Olshansky and Bruce Carnes on how to live as long as possible.

S. Jay Olshansky is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bruce Carnes is a senior research scientist at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago. Together they are co-authors of the book The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging.